An inmate who was charged with murder Tuesday after a body was found buried near his home will have his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
Ronald Lee Decker, 52, McLouth, will be brought before the Jefferson County District
Court at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Oskaloosa for an initial appearance on criminal charges of first degree murder and aggravated robbery.
Decker was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in connection with the body unearthed near his house, said Jefferson County Attorney Jim Vanderbilt.
Investigators allege Decker shot and killed Lloyd Wayne Green, 45, also of rural McLouth, on Oct. 4, 1999.
According to Vanderbilt, Green was at Decker's house when he was shot with a .22-caliber pistol. Decker also allegedly stole Green's wallet containing $400, Vanderbilt said.
Decker then buried Green's body nearby, Vanderbilt said.
The body had not been positively identified, pending autopsy, but investigators said they were nearly certain it is Green.